Posts tagged dean lentini
Who is Allowed to Preach Within the Local Church?

As I write this, the SBC national convention just finished and much of it focused on the issue of complementarianism and whether women have a right to preach within the local church. I’m not writing this post to address this topic (You can read my views here and here if you’re interested), but it has got me thinking – who is allowed to preach within the local church?…

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Who is Responsible for the Culture of the Local Church?

Every church is distinct. Different people from different places do things...well, differently. Anyone who has been to more than one church has seen this. Each church has a distinct feel, it’s own culture. Sometimes that culture can be uplifting and encouraging at other times that culture can make one feel alone or even judged. What I have come to learn is that this culture is not something that the members of the church are alone responsible for developing…

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Some Thoughts on the Clarity of Roles Within the Local Church

Church is never easy. How could it be? A local church is a group of people and as with any group of people, everybody is different. These differences whether big or small quickly form into opinions which when gone unchecked can cause conflict. Anyone who has ever decided where to go to lunch with a group of friends can relate. The difference between a local church and a group of friends making a decision is that the local church has infrastructure…

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So, Dean You Still Blogging?

I’ve been blogging since 2008 with a site I called, “Take it or leave it - A Young Baptist’s Point of View.” 10 years later, I’m not quite as young as I was, but I have kept blogging. Sure, it’s been off and on over the last decade, but overall I have kept pretty consistent, especially the last 3 years. That is until the last few months of course…

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After 501 Years, Is the Reformation Over?

Today is the day. 501 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door of Wittenberg. In doing so, God used Luther to spark the flame of the Reformation which had already been kindled by men like Jan Hus and John Wycliffe...

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What To Do While You Wait On God

Life is full of decisions. Some decisions are as simple as figuring out what’s for supper, many are more complex like deciding your career or who to marry. As Christians, we should all be striving to honor God in making these decisions. We should sincerely want the decisions we make to line up with our understanding of what God desires for our lives. Many Christians call this understanding the will of God in our lives...

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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The leaves are falling nearly as fast as the temperatures. The cooler temperatures and beautifully colored leaves remind us that it’s about that time again. Every year Christians are seemingly perplexed and puzzled on whether they should be involved with Halloween or not. Good Christians stand on both sides of the argument, which means that this is not a simple question and there is room for disagreement...

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Is God’s Wrath a Necessary Component of the Gospel?

I have to admit something right off the bat, I had no idea who Bruxy Cavey was until The Gospel Coalition Canada took it upon themselves to initiate a public conversation regarding his controversial theological viewpoints. I say this to make clear that I hold no bias either positively or negatively about Bruxy. Yet, as I read each of the conversations, I became increasingly concerned with this Anabaptist pastor...

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My Concerns with the Statement on Social Justice

Yesterday, a group led by the the well-respected pastor, John MacArthur, released a document similar to such evangelical statements like last year’s Nashville Statement. This document, called the Statement on Social Justice, followed a continuing blog series by MacArthur describing his views on social justice. Several notable pastors and theologians were initial signers, such as Voddie Baucham and James White. Some of the signers are friends, all of the signers are brothers in Christ...

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Can a Woman Teach Sunday School?

Complementarianism is the belief that men and women have distinct roles within the home and the local church that are complimentary to one another. So men have the distinct role of being the leader first in the home and then if qualified in the local church, while women have the role of being submissive and helpful to the man in the home and the local church. The line of complementarianism in the home is an easy one to put on paper at least, but the local church is a different story…

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5 Things Everyone Should Understand About the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is the primary message of Jesus throughout the gospels. Gordon Fee a well-respected theologian states rightly, “You cannot know anything about Jesus, if you miss the kingdom of God…” Jesus’ main message is so foundational that we cannot truly understand Him without understanding the message He declared. So what is the Kingdom of God?…

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Stop Making Excuses for Studying Hard Theology

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Gospel is that it is easy to understand. It is so simple that small children can understand the Gospel and their need for this good news to be applied to them. Yes, the Gospel is simple, but not all aspects of Christianity are so simple. Some aspects of Christianity are far more difficult to understand…

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What Ever Happened to Not Being Quarrelsome?

Arguments are nothing new. Arguing goes all the way back to the Garden when Adam and Eve couldn’t agree on whose fault it was for their failure. Ever since then man has been arguing and quarreling. Yet, today it’s at an all-time high thanks to the internet…

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Book Review - Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Dr. Jason K. Allen

Many future pastors begin their pursuit of ministry plagued by doubt. They wonder whether they are truly called to this life of ministry, to this sacred duty, to the pastorate. Some pastors are unable to fully wrestle these doubts even until they re already in ministry and have been for years. So how can one be sure that they are indeed called to be pastors?…

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What Makes a Great Sermon?

What is the greatest sermon ever preached? I wonder which preacher your mind rushed toward, are you thinking of one of the early church fathers? Perhaps you are thinking of one of the Reformers. Or maybe your mind goes to the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon. All of these answers would be wrong.

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Book Review - One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Racism by Dr. John Perkins

When I was a teenager, a retired pastor took me under his wing and discipled me. We would sit and talk for hours about all sorts of issues in theology and in the local church. That pastor is now with the Lord, but reading Dr. John Perkins’ One Blood made me feel like I just had a conversation with my beloved mentor…

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Thanos and Abortion

(DON’T WORRY, NO SPOILERS.)

Avengers: Infinity War came out this past weekend. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m a big comic book fan. I grew up watching the cartoons and reading the comics. In fact, I even have Infinity Gauntlet #1 from ’91 which the latest Marvel Studios films borrows heavily from its storyline. As a fan, I’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War three times so far…

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